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4th of July Cake Mix Cookies

2016 June 24
by Emily Hill

These festive 4th of July cake mix cookies feature blue velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting & red sprinkles and easily double as Dr. Seuss cookies!

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4th of July Cake Mix Cookies or Dr Seuss Cookies -- these cake mix cookies require only a handful of ingredients and come together quickly. They are perfect for a 4th of July part OR your next Dr Seuss celebration!

Post may include affiliate links to help support my Diet Coke habit.

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Though I prefer making cookies from scratch, sometimes hot summer days (and last-minute parties) call for cake mix cookies. When I first saw blue velvet cake mix on the store shelf, I was like, “What the what?” But then I realized it would be super fun for kids and make for the perfect festive 4th of July cake mix cookies.

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4th of July Cake Mix Cookies or Dr Seuss Cookies -- these cake mix cookies require only a handful of ingredients and come together quickly. They are perfect for a 4th of July part OR your next Dr Seuss celebration!

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After baking up a batch of blue velvet cake mix cookies, frosting them with cream cheese frosting (homemade if you have time, from a can if you don’t) and dusting them with red sugar sprinkles, I realized the colors would be perfect for a Dr. Seuss celebration too!

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4th of July Cake Mix Cookies or Dr Seuss Cookies -- these cake mix cookies require only a handful of ingredients and come together quickly. They are perfect for a 4th of July part OR your next Dr Seuss celebration!

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I used what I thought was a foolproof recipe for cake mix cookies but realized too late my cake mix was 16 ounces rather than 18 ounces. I should have used only 1/3 cup oil instead of 1/2, but that didn’t stop us from eating them.

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4th of July Cake Mix Cookies or Dr Seuss Cookies -- these cake mix cookies require only a handful of ingredients and come together quickly. They are perfect for a 4th of July part OR your next Dr Seuss celebration!

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Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day or Cat in the Hat Day, these blue velvet cake mix cookies need to be part of your party table.

Printable recipe for 4th of July cake mix cookies below. Enjoy!
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4th of July Cake Mix Cookies
 
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These festive 4th of July cake mix cookies feature blue velvet cake mix, cream cheese frosting & red sprinkles and easily double as Dr. Seuss cookies! Makes 2 to 3 dozen depending on size.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 (16.5-oz) Duncan Hines Blue Velvet Cake Mix
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can cream cheese frosting (or homemade frosting; see notes)
  • Red sugar sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Place a heaping teaspoon of dough (or tablespoon for larger cookies) 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  5. Frost with cream cheese frosting and dust with sprinkles. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Notes
My favorite homemade cream cheese frosting is from these carrot cake sandwich cookies. It's the best!

http://www.isthisreallymylife.com/2016/03/carrot-cake-sandwich-cookies/

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Here are a few more yummy cookie recipes…

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies -- quick and easy, soft and chewy. Whether you eat them frosted or plain these cream cheese sugar cookies are so yummy!


Purple polka-dotted cream cheese sugar cookies

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Coconut monster cookies -- a tasty variation of the tradition monster cookie. It features peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, M&Ms and coconut. So yummy!


Coconut monster cookies

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Healthy Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies -- whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, orange zest and semisweet chocolate. A dense, chewy cookie packed with flavor!


Healthy orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.


Caramel peanut butter kiss cookies

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Butterfinger cookies -- looks can be deceiving. These Butterfinger cookies are unbelievably delicious. If you love Butterfinger candy bars, make these ASAP!


Butterfinger cookies

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Brownie Cookies - decadent, chocolaty and super chewy. To die for!


Brownie cookies

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Looking for more yummy cookie recipes? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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The Three “Be’s” of Bicycle Safety

2016 June 22
by Emily Hill

Summer is the perfect time for family bike rides. Make sure those rides are perfectly safe by practicing the “be’s” of bicycle safety.

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The 3 Bes of Bicycle Safety -- make sure you are prepared when out on a family bike ride!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Christensen & Hymas. All thoughts, opinions and helmet-clad kids are mine.

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Summertime calls for new adventures for your family—camping, hiking, swimming. One of the best ways to adventure as a family is by taking a family bike ride. Not only does it provide excellent exercise disguised as fun (my favorite) but also allows for some quality bonding time. However, biking with young children can present its own set of challenges; sadly, collisions between automobiles and young cyclists are far too common.

For this reason, the Utah car accident lawyers at Christensen & Hymas have put together a few helpful hints for keeping you and your family safe on the streets while riding around the neighborhood (or the park or the campground) this summer. Called “The Three Be’s of Bicycle Safety,” the list is full of important reminders for riders of all ages.

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The Three Be’s of Bicycle Safety

BE PREPARED

As with many other situations in life, it is important to be as prepared as possible. Try doing the following to avoid some of the most common things for which most cyclists are unprepared:

  • Stay hydrated. Carry water for your kids; then you know they’re drinking it.
  • Pack snacks. Make sure to have things on hand your kids like to eat—granola bars, trail mix and fruit snacks.
  • Bring first aid and repair kits. Nothing will cut your fun short like a roughly scraped knee. Be prepared with some basic first aid items.

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BE SEEN

Many of the collisions that occur between a cyclist and a motorist are often caused by the motorist not seeing the cyclist. To help motorists see you, follow these guidelines:

  • Wear colorful and bright clothing. There are several companies who produce bright clothing specifically for cyclists and their safety. Some clothing even comes with reflective materials built in. If you do not have access to this type of clothing, wear bright colors like white, yellow, or bright orange that will help you stand out. Avoid wearing darker clothes that could help you blend in with the road.
  • Equip your bicycle with reflectors and lights. Lights will increase your chances of being seen by motorists. Also, your children will love adding them to their own bikes. Utah law requires all cyclists (including children) to have a working headlight and a working taillight on 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
  • Avoid cycling in automobiles’ blind spots. Teach your children to never think a car can see them even if they are right next to it. Chances are if you are riding to the side of a vehicle, they likely cannot see you.

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BE SAFE

Most important, BE SAFE. Accidents while biking are far too common. That’s why we wrote the Utah Bicycle Accident Handbook; the handbook details what you should do if you’re ever in an accident. To help prevent accidents and keep your family safe during a bike ride, we suggest doing the following:

  • Teach your children to obey traffic laws, such as:
    • Stopping at intersections
    • Watching for cars while crossing the street.
    • Using correct crosswalk safely.
  • Have your kids ride in front of you. Cars can see you better than they can see your small children. This also allows you to keep an eye on your children.
  • Choose a safe route. There are many trails here in Utah designated for bikers and walkers. These trails provide some added safety without the hazard of automobiles.
  • Wear a helmet. Proper wearing of headgear can prevent some accidents from becoming serious injuries. Let your kids pick out their own and set a good example by wearing yours.

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Did you catch that last part about setting a good example for your kids by wearing your helmet? I’m always surprised by how many adults think they’re too cool to wear one. Do your kids a favor and wear a helmet when you bike, end of story.

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If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Utah with your family, check out my buy local first Pinterest board.

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Purple Polka-Dotted Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

2016 June 21
by Emily Hill

These cream cheese sugar cookies are quick & easy and soft & chewy. Eat them frosted with sprinkles or leave ’em plain—they’re yummy either way!

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies -- quick and easy, soft and chewy. Whether you eat them frosted or plain these cream cheese sugar cookies are so yummy!

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Today I’m guest posting on Paging Supermom as part of her annual Books Alive series. Last time I shared our favorite Elephant & Piggie book with a scrumptious recipe for salted caramel pecan ice cream.

Man, that ice cream is divine.

This summer I shared what’s become one of my favorite picture books, I Like Myself, along with a recipe for cream cheese sugar cookies that’s as delightful as the character in the book.

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies -- quick and easy, soft and chewy. Whether you eat them frosted or plain these cream cheese sugar cookies are so yummy!

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If you haven’t read this book, you simply must. It has that “I don’t care what people think” mantra so many of us need. I may love the book even more than my kids!

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies -- quick and easy, soft and chewy. Whether you eat them frosted or plain these cream cheese sugar cookies are so yummy!

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These frosted cream cheese sugar cookies pair perfectly I Like Myself—they’re fun, funky and unique. How can you help but smile when you see them?

They make you smile when you eat them, too.

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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies -- quick and easy, soft and chewy. Whether you eat them frosted or plain these cream cheese sugar cookies are so yummy!

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You’ll find the full recipe for these purple polka-dotted cream cheese sugar cookies and get a sneak peek inside the book on Paging Supermom. I guarantee both will become favorites!

Here are a few more cookie recipes you might enjoy…

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Coconut monster cookies -- a tasty variation of the tradition monster cookie. It features peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, M&Ms and coconut. So yummy!


Coconut monster cookies

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Healthy Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies -- whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, orange zest and semisweet chocolate. A dense, chewy cookie packed with flavor!


Healthy orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.


Caramel peanut butter kiss cookies

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Butterfinger cookies -- looks can be deceiving. These Butterfinger cookies are unbelievably delicious. If you love Butterfinger candy bars, make these ASAP!


Butterfinger cookies

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Brownie Cookies - decadent, chocolaty and super chewy. To die for!


Brownie cookies

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Looking for more yummy cookie recipes? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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ps post script

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Dirty Diet Coke Float

2016 June 16
by Emily Hill

If you’re a fan of non-alcoholic dirty Diet Coke, you’ll love this dirty Diet Coke float—Diet Coke, coconut gelato and a splash of lime!

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Dirty Diet Coke Float  -- If you are a fan of non-alcoholic dirty Diet Coke, you'll love this dirty Diet Coke float. Diet Coke, coconut gelato and a splash of lime!

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Though my drink of choice is Diet Coke over pebble ice with a splash of vanilla, I’ve been known to enjoy a dirty Diet Coke from time to time. Being LDS (i.e., alchohol free), “dirty” in a dirty Diet Coke means coconut syrup and fresh lime.

Being summer and all—and enjoying any opportunity to enjoy Diet Coke and gelato—I figured turning the traditional non-alcoholic dirty Diet Coke into a dirty Diet Coke float was a brilliant move on my part.

Brilliant was right.

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Dirty Diet Coke Float -- If you are a fan of non-alcoholic dirty Diet Coke, you'll love this dirty Diet Coke float. Diet Coke, coconut gelato and a splash of lime!

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This tasty beverage (or is it a dessert?) is heaven on the taste buds. Though I avoid drinking my calories whenever possible, I totally made an exception for this baby. The creamy coldness of the coconut gelato mixed with the awesomeness that is Diet Coke and a splash of fresh lime juice is perfection in a glass.

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Dirty Diet Coke Float -- If you are a fan of non-alcoholic dirty Diet Coke, you'll love this dirty Diet Coke float. Diet Coke, coconut gelato and a splash of lime!

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If you love a dirty Diet Coke, you’ll love this dirty Diet Coke float. And if you prefer the alcoholic version of dirty Diet Coke, I bet you could easily tweak the recipe…

Printable recipe for dirty Diet Coke float below. Enjoy!
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Dirty Diet Coke Float
 
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If you're a fan of non-alcoholic dirty Diet Coke, you'll love this dirty Diet Coke float—Diet Coke, coconut gelato and a splash of lime!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 (12-oz) cans Diet Coke (make sure they're cold!)
  • 1 pint Talenti Caribbean Coconut gelato (or your favorite homemade coconut ice cream)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
Instructions
  1. Pour half a can of Diet Coke in each of two glasses.
  2. Add two scoops gelato.
  3. Top with remaining Diet Coke and garnish with lime wedge.
  4. Gently squeeze lime into glass before indulging in your dirty Diet Coke float.

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Make over 100 Different S’mores with a Few Fun Fixings

2016 June 14
by Emily Hill

Next time you have a s’mores party, offer guests fun fixings for the best s’mores party ever! Mix it up with different crackers, candies & marshmallows.

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Make over 100 Different Smores with a Few Fun Ingredients -- offer guests a fun selection of fixings for the best smores party yet!

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Over four years ago (oh my gosh, has it really been that long?), I posted a recipe for microwave s’mores. At the very bottom of that recipe I threw in a few suggestions for different ingredients to mix up your s’more making. Now that we have a few more s’mores under our belts—and in our bellies—I wanted to update that list just in time for your summer s’more-gasbord.

See what I did there? Sometimes I’m clever with the words.

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Make over 100 Different Smores with a Few Fun Ingredients -- offer guests a fun selection of fixings for the best smores party yet!

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To make over 100 different s’mores, you’re going to need a few more fixings than what’s pictured above, but don’t worry, none of them are hard to find. In fact, they’re a bit too easy to find if you ask me. You may find yourself making s’mores almost every night during the summer once you give these whole s’more party a try!

I’ve broken it down into three categories: cracker or cookie, candy and marshmallow. To make your s’more, pick one item from each category (you’ll need two from the cracker category of course), roast your marshmallow and stack away! Keep in mind the list isn’t set in stone; feel free to add your own creative fixings. We have yet to try something crazy like Swedish fish, but if you want to give it a shot, go for it.

Because YOLO.

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Cracker or Cookie
Traditional graham cracker
Cinnamon graham cracker
Chocolate-covered graham cracker
Fudge stripe cookie
Samoa cookie
Thin mint cookie

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Candy
Hershey’s chocolate bar (Symphony bars are yummy too!)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
Caramello bar
Kit-Kat
Ghirardelli milk chocolate caramel squares
Andes mints
Peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
Nutella
Brownies (baked in a larger pan so they’re a little less thick)

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Marshmallow
Classic marshmallow
Stacker marshmallow
Toasted coconut marshmallow
Swirled marshmallow (chocolate & vanilla or caramel & vanilla)
Strawberry marshmallow

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What’s your favorite way to eat a s’more? Do you stick with the classic? Do you burn your marshmallow on purpose? Do you skip the graham cracker and chocolate altogether? I’d love to hear your s’mores story!

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Looking for more yummy recipes? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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A Brilliant Way to Save Money on Family Vacations

2016 June 9
by Emily Hill


You probably think I’m going to suggest turning your one-day park hopper ticket into a two-day ticket by hiding in Disneyland overnight, but you’d be wrong. While a super great idea, it’s a high-risk, illegal activity and I tend to shy away from those when kids are involved. When it comes to a safer and more legal way to cut costs on family vacations, I have two words for you: Amazon Underground.

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Livi playing Cut the Rope HD from Amazon Underground
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Why is this such an awesome way to save money on the family vacay? The Amazon Underground app for Android provides access to an incredible catalog of premium, family-friendly apps and games FOR FREE as well as the ability to download the Amazon Video app to your mobile device.

FOR FREE, people.

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Amazon Underground app for Android
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I don’t know about you, but I like free, especially when it comes to games on my smartphone. It seems every game my kids or I want to play (I do enjoy Two Dots!) either costs money or boasts “free” but require—as in you can’t get past level 123 without them—upgrades and in-app purchases. It drives me crazy! Plus, how many of you have had your kids “accidentally” make an in-app purchase while playing a game on your smartphone? I’ve had it happen one too many times.

They’ve also won online auctions for Avon perfume in a Faberg&eacut;-style egg, but let’s not go there.

We’re headed to Florida and Kentucky for two weeks this summer and you know we’ll be stocking up on new-to-us apps and games to keep kids entertained and distracted long enough so we hear only one “are we there yet?” between destinations.

In preparation for our trip, I downloaded the Amazon Underground app for Android smartphones so I could take it for a test drive. I screenshotted (my new word) the process to share with you, my fabulous readers.

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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot

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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot
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I was seriously surprised—and I’m being honest—at the impressive list of games offered for free. Like, for reals free. (They call it “Actually Free.” Love it!)

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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot

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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot
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Being fans of Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope HD was my first free download.
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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot - Cut the Rope HD
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See this pop-up? For reals free.

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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot
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Don’t tell, but I may have spent a half hour playing Cut the Rope HD without realizing it. That little monster is so cute!

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Amazon Underground app for Android screenshot - Cut the Rope HD
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Like, for reals cute.

We used to rent movies during our travels. You know, rent them at one McDonald’s, drop them off at another. But now we’ll be saving money on apps AND movies thanks to Amazon Underground. Just think of all the “actually free” entertainment the family can enjoy allowing us to blow even more money on mouse ears and Potter wands!

Enhanced features like Amazon Video and 100% free apps and games, while available on the Amazon Underground app, are NOT available on the Amazon Shopping app from Google Play. With Amazon Underground, my kids can watch their fave movies and TV shows plus those free apps and games and leave me alone to read one of many books I’ll be packing for our family vacation.

I’m hoping it will look something like this but an airplane seat instead of a leather chair.

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Livi playing Cut the Rope HD
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You can download Amazon Underground from your Android smartphone HERE or by clicking on the image below.

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Amazon Underground app for Android
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NOTE: This link is good for downloading on a mobile Android phone only.

Using your laptop or desktop computer to read this post? Visit https://www.amazon.com/underground and follow the on-screen instructions.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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If you’re looking for more totally honest reviews, check out my ITRML reviews Pinterest board.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread

2016 June 7
by Emily Hill

Sour cream banana bread is the only banana bread recipe you should make. This banana bread melts in your mouth, freezes well and is perfect for gift giving.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.


Post may include affiliate links to help support my Diet Coke habit.

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The first time I made this sour cream banana bread, I knew I’d never make banana bread any other way again. And I love a good banana bread recipe.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.

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The addition of sour cream is absolutely brilliant. It makes the banana bread extra melt-in-your-mouth moist—you may not like that word but it’s the best way to describe it—and takes it from run of the mill to out of this world.

Do people still use the phrase “out of this world”?

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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.

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Sour cream aside, you’ll die when you bite into this banana bread and discover a cinnamon sugar crust (for lack of a better word). Yep, the bread pans are greased and then dusted with cinnamon sugar. Once baked, it provides the loaf with this sugary sweet kick—the perfect compliment to the cinnamon banana flavor of the bread.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.

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If you don’t want to use 3 cups of sugar, you could try cutting it back to 2 1/2 or 2 cups. And I used low-fat sour cream without any problems, though I have heard fat-free sour cream makes it a little dry.

I like to bake eight mini loaves in a pan like this one, freeze three, giveaway two and eat the rest. Sometimes I even share.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.

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Printable recipe for sour cream banana bread below. Enjoy!
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Sour Cream Banana Bread
 
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Sour cream banana bread is really the only banana bread recipe you should ever make. This banana bread melts in your mouth, freezes well and is perfect for gift giving. Makes 8 mini loaves or 4 slightly larger loaves.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 (16-oz) container sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 4½ cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease four 7x3 inch loaf pans. (I used slightly smaller pans.)
  2. In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  3. Cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans filling just over ⅔ full.
  4. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If loaves are browning too quickly, cover pan(s) with foil.

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Here are a few more bread recipes you might enjoy…

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Easy Apple Pull-Apart Bread -- great way to use leftover apple slices from your pies and crostatas!


Easy apple pull-apart bread with vanilla glaze

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Peasant bread recipe


Peasant bread (a family favorite for sure!)

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Honey whole wheat bread recipe


Honey whole wheat bread

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Looking for more yummy recipes? Try browsing my best of Is This Really My Life Pinterest board. I guarantee you’ll find quite a few!

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